National Education Center
The USDF National Education Center, located in the Kentucky Horse Park, supports the USDF mission of education, recognition, and promotion of dressage, and is the headquarters for the federation.
Named for a world-renowned dressage teacher and Olympian, the Lendon F. Gray bookstore is open from 8:30AM - 5:00PM Monday through Friday, except federal holidays, and contains a collection of books and DVDs on dressage for beginners and those more experienced in the sport. The store receives new merchandise regularly and always stocks standard USDF publications.
The Grand Prix Seminar Room is used to host educational sessions such as Instructor Trainer workshops, meetings for local clubs and special sessions to explain dressage to Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event enthusiasts.
The center was built to house the USDF/Roemer Foundation Hall of Fame, containing portraits of each inductee (both horse and human), perpetual trophies of the federation, and memorabilia from various competitions and inductees. The Hall of Fame also houses an extensive collection of dressage books stored in the Gypsy Woods Farm Resource Center. For more information, visit the USDF/Roemer Foundation Hall of Fame Web site.
Promotion of Dressage
Our central location has strengthened the working partnership with our governing body, the United States Equestrian Federation, expanded the federation’s ability to offer meeting space to Group Member Organizations like the Kentucky Dressage Association, and develop working partnerships with other groups including the Alltech 2010 World Equestrian Games Foundation and United States Pony Clubs. We continue to work with more than 30 other equine associations in the Kentucky Horse Park to promote dressage and protect the resources needed to ensure the future of equine sports.
We will have expanded hours to allow visitors during such prestigious events as the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games and various dressage shows. We invite you to visit us Monday through Friday 8:30AM – 5:00PM or by appointment.
If you would like to support our efforts, you can buy a brick at the building on one of our patios.